Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cheezy Potato Monsters

These Vegan Cheezy Potato Monsters are a one-of-a-kind Frankenstein creation of ours-- a great comfort food and (surprisingly) relatively healthy! The meal runs a little expensive due to the nutritional yeast, although for the vegetarians out there, a typical cheese sauce will work just as well. I will say, however, this cheeze sauce has a bit more kick than any traditional cheese sauce! Otherwise, this is a pretty simple recipe.

Cheezy Potato Monsters:

3 pounds of potatoes
1 white onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1 cup fake ground meat
4 tablespoons olive oil
crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons minced garlic

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and get a large pot of water ready to boil. Peel the potatoes and slice them so they are about 1/8" pieces, almost like potato chips. Once these are all sliced, throw them in the (hopefully) boiling water for 10 minutes.

Dice the onions and peppers and defrost the fake meat. Oil a frying pan, and put the faux meat in with the garlic. While frying it up a little, add the cayenne pepper, dried basil, and add some fresh ground black pepper. After frying for about 4-5 minutes, add the onions and peppers. When they show signs of browning, turn of the heat, and wait for the potatoes to be done cooking.

Cheeze Sauce: (adapted from How it all Vegan! with some inspiration from other great Vegan cooks)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2-3 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (depending on how thick you want it)
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 teaspoon yellow mustard

Mix all dry ingredients in a 2-qt pot. Add water, and heat until it combines and begins to thicken (should take only a few moments). Add the mustard, stir again, moving the heat to low (if it gets too thick for your taste, turn the heat off and add a little more water).

Then add:

1 teaspoon tahini (if you aren't a fan, you could skip this).
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
and 1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Adding a little cayenne pepper is a great add in, as well. Adjust the spices to your preference. Add 1/3 cup of soy milk to the final product while it's still on the burner and hot, along with a tablespoon of Smart Balance margarine to add some creamy texture.

The Mix:

Get a deep baking pan, 9"x9" should be sufficient. Layer the fried veggies/meat with the potatoes-- and stir. When the ingredients are completely exhausted, cover with the cheezy sauce and throw the concoction in the oven for 20 minutes or until it starts browning-- enjoy!

The recipe is a delicious and simple meal to be enjoyed by all; be it vegan or not-- enjoy!

Caloric Info
Total Fat: 4.5 grams
Sat Fat: 0.7 grams
Polyunsat. Fat: 1.1 grams
Monosat. Fat: 2.2 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 284.8 mg
Potassium: 1909.8 mg
Carbs: 95.4 grams
Dietary Fiber: 12.8 grams
Sugar: 4.0 grams
Protein: 15.4 grams

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